Keur Simbara hosts the Executive Director of UNICEF New York
On Wednesday, May 19, 2010, Mr. Anthony Lake, the Executive Director of UNICEF, visited the village of Keur Simbara in western Senegal. The community, which participated in Tostan’s Community Empowerment Program (CEP), is known in Senegal as one of the first communities to have abandoned the practice of female genital cutting (FGC) in 1998. UNICEF having supported the implementation of the Tostan program in Keur Simbara, it was fitting for Mr. Lake to visit the community on his first trip to Senegal as Executive Director of UNICEF. Keur Simbara welcomed its guest of honor with singing and dancing, and various presentations held during the visit emphasized the importance of human rights education in national languages and the sharing of information.